Attractions for a family looking for a kids activity whether it be for fun, education, a day trip, a birthday party, or a school or day camp outing.
If you're ever at a loss of what to do, pack up the car, buckle in the kids, and head to the Garden State to catch a children's show, explore a hands-on exhibit, browse through a museum, or for more excitement, head to an amusement park or a water park. In the winter there are day trip or weekend trip resorts with lodging for snow tubing and skiing.
This large facility offers many attractions and things to do including an indoor Roller Skating Rink, laser tag, bounce house ,air blaster arena, arcade and more. A popular venue for birthday parties.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road
This living history farm has been under cultivation since the eighteenth century. As part of the Morris County Park Commission, the 200-acre farm offers educational activities and demonstrations of turn-of-the-century - 1920s farming methods and life. Visitors are encouraged to participate in various farm-related activities whenever appropriate at this National Register Site. They can churn butter, crack corn and feed it to the chickens, and tend the garden. Staff are dressed in period attire and interpret the lives and roles of Foster family members, domestics, and farm laborers. They perform a daily regimen of farming and domestic chores and raise livestock and crops by historical methods.
Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mt. Pleasant Road
Columbia, NJ 07832
Hear the howling of wolves echo through the mountains of the Delaware Water Gap in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ. Photo opportunities of a lifetime and the experience of watching and listening to packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves will be yours. View wolves here in the East in a natural surrounding for the first time in over a century. Bobcats and foxes also reside at the reserve.
Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Children are natural scientists, curious about everything around them. By encouraging their interests and exposing them to new ideas, parents or caregivers can help them develop intellectually. Liberty Science Center offers many memorable experiences for children, found in every exhibition area. Have fun exploring together!
Medieval Times Castle Dinner & Tournament
149 Polito Ave,
The most famous theme restaurant on the east coast. Great family jousting fun. Eat with your hands and drink from a Goblet as you watch some serious Jousting on Horseback. The imaginative new entertainment spot was based on the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch Knights compete on horseback.
Mountain Creek Ski Resort
Vernon, NJ 07462
A rear round resort. They are especially popular during the winter season with skiing, snow tubing, water tubing, mountain biking and more. Either for day trips or multi-day with lodging available.
Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
30 Plant Street
The mining museum features a 1,300-ft underground walking tour through the mine where visitors can discover the equipment used while the mine was in operation and exhibits on the mining process including the 5,000 sq./ft. Zobel Exhibit Hall with over 20,000 mining related items, the miners lamp room, the shaft station, mine galleries dating to the 1830's. Also, for children the Rock & Fossil Discovery Center with fluorescent mineral displays, fossils, gemstones, carvings, and everyday objects, and more. They also offer educational group tours for school classes, scout groups, summer camps, vacation tour groups, snack bar and gift shop, etc. 1pm Public Tour Everyday the museum is open.
560 Northfield Avenue
The Turtleback Zoo, houses 500 animals of 200 different species. Focusing on New Jersey wildlife, the collection includes cougars, bison, eagles, and wolves, all of which were originally found in the state. Other animals include elk, llamas, white-tailed deer, otters, owls, sea lions, and others, as well as domestic animals that kids can feed. Attractions like a pony ride and train ride add to the fun and excitement of visiting the animals. A number of special events take place here throughout the year, with activities and exhibits for everyone.
The Michelle and Jennifer Tobias Adventure to Health is an educational and enjoyable experience for kids. Best experienced by kids in grades K-8, the center provides interactive and exciting programs designed to take children on an innovative adventure through the human body and leave the kids with some important lessons about health.
The Rapter Trust
1390 White Bridge Road
A premier wild bird rehabilitation center that includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. Visitors are able to view at close range the many hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that are permanent residents at the facility. They offer a variety of educational programs that can be adapted for age groups from pre-k to adults. A great activity for groups including schools, scouts, and nature clubs